Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

Here we are at the beginning of another new year, a time of renewal, both on the calendar and in our souls. NxtDrGuy and I changed up our usual celebrations - instead of Black Angus, we went to Gulfstream. The food, as always, was superb, but since we were stuck in a corner, at some point, our waiter just kind of disappeared. We literally could have walked out without paying and I don't think anyone would have been the wiser (we are not the sort of people who dine and ditch, but given the lack of attention, it would definitely have been possible). Good thing we had no where to go except home for some Doctor Who and Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve, or we would have been a lot more steamed about it.

Eh, but enough with the complaining!

I have been on a paring down kick lately, and things I thought I couldn't let go of, have been let go of. My old bedside table resides with a friend, and clothes and shoes are slowly being let go of. I have a friend who takes my fabric scraps for his business, and yarn has also been parted with. It's a way for me to make some order out of the chaos, and believe me, there is a lot of chaos in my life right now. Nothing that is interesting to anyone other than myself and a few close friends, but I find letting go of things by finding them good homes is helping me to cope.

Speaking of order from chaos, I am updating/repairing/re-making a few cherished items, and wanted to share the latest success story. I bought a red cardigan from Anthropologie a few years back and then promptly dribbled salad dressing on it (grrrrr). In order to cover it up, I was inspired by another Anthropologie cardigan with trim. Here are the results:

Here's the sweater:
Anthropologie red sweater

And a close up of the spot (out, out damn spot!):
Close up - spot

Here's the inspiration - such gorgeous trim to play with!
Anthropologie striped sweater

And here is the outcome (well, just pinned on - need to find the time to stitch it down, plus, still not sold on the crochet flower...):
Anthropologie Sweater

Now for the close up:
Anthropologie Sweater - close up

Overall, it took about an hour or so to do all of the trims while watching TV/surfing the web. I even crocheted the squiggly bit and the flower (which I'm aware is not the best crocheted flower ever, but it's the first one I've ever done and I'm kind of partial to it's sorry state).

The best thing I got out of it is more life from a favorite sweater and a little practice with crochet (a craft I now want to try more of...).

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